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July 30, 2011

Atlanta and Boston would like to acquire Carlos Quentin for a bucket of balls

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2011 3:00 pm
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As we saw before:

But Atlanta isn’t the only team interested in Carlos Quentin:

Kenny must be requesting something good in return:

Chuck Garfien says Kenny wants starting pitching:

With the trade deadline coming at 3pm on Sunday, who knows if the current White Sox team will still be intact by then. The hot rumor right now has GM Ken Williams dangling Carlos Quentin to the Braves and Phillies in return for starting pitching.

July 28, 2011

Atlanta, Philadelphia willing to give up a lot for Carlos Quentin?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 6:45 pm
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Knobler @ CBS:

With the Tigers’ loss to the Angels Thursday, the White Sox head into the weekend just three games out of first place in the American League Central.

Could they really trade Carlos Quentin, who is second on the team in both home runs and RBI? Perhaps so, if the return is high enough. And with the Braves and Phillies both seriously interested, according to sources, the return may well be high enough.

The Braves are desperate to add an outfield bat, and the word Thursday was that they were making a big push for Quentin. The Phillies’ wish list, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia, is topped by Hunter Pence, Quentin and Mike Adams. Many people still doubt that Pence will be traded, and people are starting to doubt that the Padres will move Adams, as well. …

from whitesox.com:

As for Quentin, reports on Thursday have the Atlanta Braves seriously interested, with the White Sox having thoroughly scouted the young talent available in return. Dayan Viciedo would be the logical replacement for Quentin, but a sore thumb has kept Viciedo out of action for Triple-A Charlotte since he was pulled in the sixth inning of last Saturday’s game. …

And some Carlos Quentin tweets:

Sox make Adam Dunn available? Think about trading Carlos Quentin,?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 2:45 pm
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Stark @ ESPN:

Despite reports Wednesday that the Phillies are turning their attention to Carlos Quentin in the wake of their lack of progress on the Hunter Pence front, an NL executive who had spoken with both teams said: “I can’t see that working.” Nevertheless, there has been increasing evidence the White Sox are talking to several teams about Quentin, one of which is believed to be Atlanta. “They would move him,” said an executive of one team that has been in touch with the White Sox. “I wouldn’t say they’re bound and determined to move him. But would they? Absolutely.” Another name we were told the White Sox have dangled, just to see what happened: Adam Dunn.

Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia want Carlos Quentin [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 1:30 pm
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UPDATE:

July 6, 2011

This is just too good to be true

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 6, 2011 2:00 pm
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Remember the Brandon Beachy-Carlos Quentin trade rumors? Well, MLB’s Mark Bowman says it’s not Carlos Quentin the Braves are after:

Like many Major League clubs, the White Sox seem  interested in the Braves’ wealth of young pitching talent.  But those fans hoping this means outfielder Carlos Quentin could be headed to Atlanta should be prepared for disappointment.

White Sox advance scout Bill Scherrer was at Turner Field for this past weekend’s series against the Orioles and he stuck around for this week’s series against the Rockies.  Given the White Sox and Orioles will not meet again until Aug. 8,  Scherrer has likely focused most of his attention toward the Braves’ pitchers.

While the Braves might be in the market for an outfielder, their primary focus will likely not be aimed toward corner outfielders like Quentin.  Instead they will continue to evaluate what Jordan Schafer can provide in the leadoff spot and  determine whether they need to increase their efforts to find a proven leadoff hitter like the White Sox have in Juan Pierre.

Pierre has batted .261 with a .322 on-base percentage and been successful with just 12 of his 22 stolen base attempts.   In other words, he hasn’t been the same guy who was successful with 68 of 86 stolen base attempts last year.  But since May 1, he has hit .270 with a .340 on-base percentage and been successful with seven of his 10 stolen base attempts.

With Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado, the Braves are loaded with the non-arbitration-eligible, Major League-ready arms the White Sox are seeking.

Take him. Take him immediately! Of course, we won’t be getting a pitcher in return for Juan Pierre. Much less one with about 1 year of MLB service time and outstanding numbers. A couple slabs of barbeque ribs will be enough for the return.

July 4, 2011

White Sox interested in Atlanta Braves’ RHP Brandon Beachy?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 4, 2011 11:55 pm
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Cafardo @ BG (via MLBTR):

Brandon Beachy, RHP, Braves – His success (20 strikeouts, two earned runs in his last 12 innings) since returning from the disabled list may accelerate a possible deal to improve the Braves’ offense. Whether Beachy would be trade bait is anyone’s guess, but his emergence could make a veteran such as Derek Lowe available. The White Sox recently sent Dave Yokum, their fine assistant general manager/pro scout, to watch Beachy and Braves’ pitching, so we’ll see if there’s any match, and whether the White Sox would ever consider dealing Carlos Quentin.

Beachy was John Sickels’ “Prospect of the Day” back in April:

… Undrafted, he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves after a successful summer season in the collegiate Valley League. After a solid ’09, he jumped to prominence in 2010 by leading all of the minor leagues with a 1.73 ERA, also showing a 148/28 K/BB ratio in 120 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He performed well in three September starts, and made the Atlanta rotation this spring. The 24-year-old Beachy has a 90-94 MPH fastball to go with a solid curveball and changeup, and he has an excellent feel for pitching. …

and got a B- from Sickels  in October of 2010:

9) Brandon Beachy, RHP, Grade B-: Finished product, can be a number four starter or a very good reliever.

More prospect reports here.

Beachy’s stats from B-R:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2010 23 ATL NL 0 2 .000 3.00 3 3 0 0 0 0 15.0 16 9 5 0 7 3 15 0 0 1 67 136 1.533 9.6 0.0 4.2 9.0 2.14
2011 24 ATL NL 3 1 .750 3.23 11 11 0 0 0 0 61.1 50 23 22 8 15 4 72 3 0 5 249 119 1.060 7.3 1.2 2.2 10.6 4.80
2 Seasons 3 3 .500 3.18 14 14 0 0 0 0 76.1 66 32 27 8 22 7 87 3 0 6 316 122 1.153 7.8 0.9 2.6 10.3 3.95
162 Game Avg. 7 7 .500 3.18 34 34 0 0 0 0 185 160 78 66 19 53 17 211 7 0 15 767 122 1.153 7.8 0.9 2.6 10.3 3.95
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2011.

and

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2008 21 Danville APPY Rk ATL 2 0 1.000 2.25 6 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 12 5 3 1 2 0 16 1 0 2 51 1.167 9.0 0.8 1.5 12.0 8.00
2009 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs A+-A-AA ATL 4 3 .571 3.87 35 8 13 0 0 1 76.2 80 42 33 2 19 1 64 10 0 5 327 1.291 9.4 0.2 2.2 7.5 3.37
2009 22 Rome SALL A ATL 0 0 5.60 12 0 5 0 0 0 17.2 20 11 11 0 4 0 17 2 0 0 75 1.358 10.2 0.0 2.0 8.7 4.25
2009 22 Myrtle Beach CARL A+ ATL 4 3 .571 3.41 22 8 8 0 0 1 58.0 59 31 22 2 15 1 47 8 0 5 248 1.276 9.2 0.3 2.3 7.3 3.13
2009 22 Mississippi SOUL AA ATL 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA ATL 5 1 .833 1.73 35 13 7 0 0 2 119.1 93 34 23 5 28 0 148 4 0 3 482 1.014 7.0 0.4 2.1 11.2 5.29
2010 23 Mississippi SOUL AA ATL 3 1 .750 1.47 27 6 6 0 0 1 73.2 53 17 12 3 22 0 100 2 0 2 295 1.018 6.5 0.4 2.7 12.2 4.55
2010 23 Gwinnett IL AAA ATL 2 0 1.000 2.17 8 7 1 0 0 1 45.2 40 17 11 2 6 0 48 2 0 1 187 1.007 7.9 0.4 1.2 9.5 8.00
2011 24 Gwinnett IL AAA ATL 1 0 1.000 1.80 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 4 1 1 1 2 0 8 0 0 0 21 1.200 7.2 1.8 3.6 14.4 4.00
4 Seasons 12 4 .750 2.54 77 22 20 0 0 3 213.0 189 82 60 9 51 1 236 15 0 10 881 1.127 8.0 0.4 2.2 10.0 4.63
AA (2 seasons) AA 3 1 .750 1.45 28 6 6 0 0 1 74.2 54 17 12 3 22 0 100 2 0 2 299 1.018 6.5 0.4 2.7 12.1 4.55
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 3 0 1.000 2.13 9 8 1 0 0 1 50.2 44 18 12 3 8 0 56 2 0 1 208 1.026 7.8 0.5 1.4 9.9 7.00
A (1 season) A 0 0 5.60 12 0 5 0 0 0 17.2 20 11 11 0 4 0 17 2 0 0 75 1.358 10.2 0.0 2.0 8.7 4.25
Rk (1 season) Rk 2 0 1.000 2.25 6 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 12 5 3 1 2 0 16 1 0 2 51 1.167 9.0 0.8 1.5 12.0 8.00
A+ (1 season) A+ 4 3 .571 3.41 22 8 8 0 0 1 58.0 59 31 22 2 15 1 47 8 0 5 248 1.276 9.2 0.3 2.3 7.3 3.13
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2011.

Fangraphs says the average speed of his fastball is 91.8mph.

Would Atlanta trade a pitcher that’s nearly a rookie and with such good numbers?

And here’s the Texas Leaguers Pitch F/X database’s page for Beachy.

December 5, 2010

Baseball America’s Kyle Cofield scouting report (Linebrink trade)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 5, 2010 2:44 pm
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Ballew @ BA:

[Kyle] Cofield has an ideal frame for a righthanded starter and when in sync he has two potentially plus pitches. His low-90s fastball tops out at 95 mph with heavy sink and his sharp curveball buckles the knees of righthanded batters at its best. Yet for all his strengths, Cofield has not been able to show any sustained consistency during his career. He made tremendous strides in 2008 and ’09, but was not able to maintain his strong performance during the 2010 slate, in part because of a two-month stint on the disabled list with an elbow injury. He returned in the starting rotation shortly after his return to Double-A Mississippi in early July, but found himself in the bullpen for the final two weeks after going 0-2, 6.75 in six starts. Despite ranking among the circuit leaders in walks, Cofield led the high Class A Carolina League with a 3.26 ERA in ’08. He struggles with his control, which stems from his lack of consistent feel for his pitches and falling behind in the count by being too fine. He also needs to add more depth and fade to his changeup.

May 18, 2010

Atlanta was the team (one of?) Buehrle was almost traded to

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2010 6:01 pm
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Gonzales:

Buehrle said he’s not as stressed as three years ago, when he was nearly traded to Atlanta while his wife Jamie was expecting the couple’s first child. Buehrle got a four-year extension with limited no-trade rights, and son Braden was born about two weeks later — just before the July 31 trading deadline.

April 15, 2010

Phil Rogers sends Tony La Russa to Chicago and Ozzie Guillen to Florida

Rogers:

The more Ozzie Guillen talks about what he’d do if he wasn’t managing the White Sox, the more I believe that there may be something to the 2011 scenario I proposed during spring training. Tony La Russa, who is in on a one-year deal in St. Louis, comes to the White Sox with the understanding he’ll manage for two or three seasons and then move upstairs as a senior consultant. Fredi Gonzalez moves from Florida to Atlanta to replace the retiring Bobby Cox. Guillen is hired to manage the Marlins, who tap his charisma to help build a buzz before moving into their new stadium in ’12. Guillen lives in Miami and got to know Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria while serving as a coach to Jack McKeon in 2003, when the Fish shocked the Cubs and Yankees to steal a championship. I’d prefer that Guillen could regain his comfort zone at U.S. Cellular and stick around here another 10 years because I believe he is an excellent manager. But his death wish seems to grow by the week, the latest evidence being how far he went out of his way to take a swipe at Manny Acta before Wednesday’s game in Toronto. Silly stuff.

February 20, 2010

Tigers Reach Agreement With Johnny Damon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 20, 2010 5:48 pm
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MLBTR:

The Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year deal with Johnny Damon, a source tells Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. The deal is worth $8MM, and apparently has no second-year option. Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that the deal is pending a physical. …

Well, so long for that… Will Jermaine Dye now agree to play DH? I got the projections ready!

A.J. Pierzynski doesn’t think Johnny Damon will come to Chicago

Gonzales:

“No, I haven’t talked to him,” Pierzynski said Saturday at Camelback Ranch. “No, I’m not playing golf with him. I don’t know where he’s signing, but it’s not going to be here.”

but merkin tweets that “Of course, A.J. made that comment with a smile, and I’m guessing he probably doesn’t know the latter point to be true for certain.”

February 19, 2010

Sox offer to Johnny Damon not really withdrawn?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 19, 2010 7:51 pm
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Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi:

White Sox general manager Ken Williams told reporters Friday that he had withdrawn the team’s offer, but later allowed that Damon still has time to accept it.

Kenny speaks! (on withdrawing the offer to Johnny Damon)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 19, 2010 7:46 pm
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Here’s Kenny:

“We’re touching the opening of spring training, and you know how I am about spring-training distractions. That’s never a good thing. Never a good productive thing for everyone to be watching the door. From the first day on, I want everyone pulling from the same rope. … We asked for their bottom line, and obviously we underestimated on what the market is for him because we thought we were competitive with what the rumors were out there. With what we got back [Friday afternoon], unless Johnny sees this as a great opportunity for him, enjoys a chance to win in a great city, it’s an unrealistic number [that] we got back from them. … If circumstances change in the next 24 hours, I certainly will be willing to revisit it. Jermaine Dye cashed in big time for something like this, taking less money to win a championship, and maybe Johnny wants to do the same. … It’s the nature of the beast, but this has gone on long enough. We have a have a pretty good club as is. Would Johnny Damon add to it? He’s proven that. He was icing on the cake as far as we’re concerned. … If there is a silver lining here, from beginning to end, Scott and I had some pretty good dialogue. At the end of the day, it wasn’t a meeting of the minds, but it may lay the groundwork for future deals.’’

And:

Kenny: “the delicate part is what is a player’s value to team x vs. team y and in city x vs. city y. Some of it is real, some is manufactured.

Sox withdraw their initial offer to Johnny Damon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 19, 2010 5:25 pm
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Is Kenny trying to take revenge by screwing Boras?

The White Sox made the Johnny Damon sweepstakes a bit more interesting Friday, rescinding their offer to the free-agent outfielder.

“It became clear to us in our recent negotiations that the money that we were offering was not going to be good enough for Johnny at this time,” White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said to ESPNChicago.com. “At this particular point, we feel it’s necessary to withdraw our offer.”

The Web site, citing Major League sources, reported that the offer was for one year and $6 million, but Williams said the withdrawal doesn’t mean the club isn’t still looking to work something out with Damon …

Gonzales @ the Tribune sounds as things are done:

… A big roadblock, however, was gauging Damon’s value to the Sox versus that of Detroit, which has a more urgent need for a left-handed top-of-the-lineup hitter. The Sox also were negotiating against the Tigers’ reported one-year, $7 million offer.

Nevertheless, ”Johnny isn’t about getting the last dollar and remained very interested in playing for the White Sox,” Williams said. “I think there were other factors.”

Despite pulling out of the Damon sweepstakes, Williams likes the construction of his team and will continue to monitor the market for left-handed hitters.

Does the name of these “other factors” start from B and ends in s?

Cowley too:

The game of chicken has all but come to an end. White Sox general manager Ken Williams said on Friday that while the club was still giving free agent Johnny Damon until Sunday morning to take the last offer they had put on the table for the outfielder, any further negotiations have died. …

Kenny says:

“If circumstances change in the next 24 hours I certainly will be willing to revisit it. Jermaine Dye cashed in big time for something like this, taking less money to win a championship, and maybe Johnny wants to do the same. It’s the nature of the beast, but this has gone on long enough. We have a have a pretty good club as is. Would Johnny Damon add to it? He’s proven that. He was icing on the cake as far as we’re concerned.”

Levine:

Asked if the White Sox would get back into the running for Damon at some point, Williams said: “As you can see by the way that we kept going after this situation, we are very much interested in the player. All I can say is that I reiterate at this time that this offer for now is off the table.” Major league sources said that the White Sox would gladly get back into the negotiations for Damon if they saw more reality in signing the outfielder

SoxNet rumor: Sox Closing in On Johnny Damon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 19, 2010 2:45 pm
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Jason Gage:

SoxNet.net is hearing good things from one of its sources this morning in regards to the Johnny Damon situation.  This information is consistent with what Cowley reported two days ago and reiterated yesterday in regards to the front office being confident that Damon will choose the White Sox. Our source indicated that one of the new reasons for optimism appears to be related to the fact that the Tigers offer might not be as large and/or long as originally suspected.

BTW, Detroit’s GM confirmed that Detroit has made an offer to Damon but said nogthing is imminent. His “remarks hinted that an end to the Damon saga is in sight.”

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